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Subject Foundations Summer Courses

English

(Rising Grade 9 & 10)

Douglas Busacker

Douglas is the Academic Director at Tokyo Academics and is one of our most experienced reading, writing, and test preparation tutors. He graduated from the University of Washington.

Historical Persuasive Writing

with Douglas Busacker

Class Time: 18:30 – 20:30 JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Our Grade 9 and 10 English Foundations course is perfect for students who are making the transition into English-based education at international private and boarding schools. The course tasks students with reading and writing essays and short stories like those encountered on the SAT, AP, IB, and A-Level exams. The course prepares students for academic reading and writing, rhetorical analysis, test taking, and applying grammar rules. Students are expected to complete around 2 hours of homework per session, including reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar.

In Term 3, students apply rhetorical analysis to challenging PSAT historical passages that contain language and sentence structures from 100 to 200 years ago. We cover the following grammar: correct pronoun use and correct modifier use. The final project is a reconstruction of historical speeches into modern language.

Jessica Kwan

Jessica Kwan attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she completed a four-year English BA in just three years. She is a demonstrated top performer in standardized tests, with 99th percentile scores on both the SAT and ACT and perfect scores in the Reading and Writing sections.

Literary Writing

with Jessica Kwan

Class Time: 15:00 – 17:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: July 26th to August 6th

Our Grade 9 and 10 English Foundations course is perfect for students who are making the transition into English-based education at international private and boarding schools. The course tasks students with reading and writing essays and short stories like those encountered on the SAT, AP, IB, and A-Level exams. The course prepares students for academic reading and writing, rhetorical analysis, test taking, and applying grammar rules. Students are expected to complete around 2 hours of homework per session, including reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar.

In Term 4, students begin to learn literary devices and analysis techniques through the use of PSAT literature passages. We cover the following grammar: commas, colons, semicolons, interruptions, and phrases. The final project is a full literary analysis of a class-appropriate short story of the students’ choice.

Math

Geometry

Class Time: 17:30 – 19:30 JST
Days: Monday to Friday

 

Our Geometry intro course prepares students for standard high school Geometry courses. The class builds on students’ problem-solving abilities as well as their ability to write logical proofs. Students engage in weekly problem-solving, practice writing proofs, and take formula quizzes to develop the skills needed for many facets of high school geometry. Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per session with special focus on memorizing postulates and theorems.

Term 5 with Yibo Sun

Dates: August 9th to August 20th

Algebra 1

Class Time:
12:30 – 14:30 JST (Term 5)

Days: Monday to Friday

 

Our Algebra 1 intro course provides students with a solid foundation in a variety of topics they encounter in high school algebra classes, including but not limited to algebraic expressions, polynomials, linear equations, quadratic equations, factoring, systems of equations, and rational expressions. Students engaged with these topics prepare them for not only higher-level math classes such as Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus, but also for standardized tests such as the SSAT and SAT, which are comprised heavily of the above algebraic concepts. Students may expect 2 to 3 hours of homework per session.

Term 3 (Closed)

Dates: July 12th – July 23rd

Term 5 with Yibo Sun (Closed)

Dates: August 9th to August 20th

Algebra 2

Class Time: 15:00 – 17:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday

 

Our Algebra 2 intro course builds on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, and concepts and includes the study of trigonometric functions. It also introduces matrices and their properties. The content of this course is important for students’ success on both the SAT and college mathematics entrance exams. Students may expect 2-3 hours of homework per session.

Term 5

Dates: August 9th to August 20th

Advanced Pre-Calculus

Class Time:
15:00 – 17:00 JST (Terms 1, 2, & 4)
17:00 – 19:00 JST (Terms 3)

Days: Monday to Friday

Our Advanced Pre-Calculus intro course is a rigorous trek into arguably the most challenging high school math class. Topics covered include but are not limited to quadratic functions, exponentials and logs, series and sequences, polynomials, trigonometry, conic sections, polar coordinates, vectors, and limits. Class time is devoted to individual problem solving while the instructor oversees student work and checks their understanding and mastery of the material. Students may expect 2-3 hours of homework per session.

Term 3 with Deriam Chirinos (Closed)

Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

Term 4 with Deriam Chirinos (Closed)

Dates: July 26th to August 6th

Specialty Classes

Michael Amano

Michael Amano graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Neuroscience and Asian Studies. He has over ten years of tutoring and mentoring experience in educational and professional settings in the U.S. and Japan.

Neuroscience Camp

with Michael Amano

 

Class Time: 10:00 – 13:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: August 9th to August 20th

 

Since its introduction in Winter 2019, the Middle School S.T.E.M. Camp has grown in popularity among our middle school students. This new version of the camp introduces the fundamentals of neuroscience and provides students with a unique opportunity to integrate scientific ideas with concepts in technology, math, and engineering.

 

During the first week (“Module 1”), students learn about neurons and the electrochemical language used to communicate with our muscles. With student-built amplifiers, we record electrical signals in real-time and use mathematical equations for modeling.

Building on the foundations of the first week, we shift our focus in the second week (“Module 2”) the sensory nervous system and how it can be modified. By designing experiments to explore the effects of chemicals on flatworm movement, students learn how caffeine, sugar, and other substances affect the nervous system. Finally, after analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing their data, students synthesize their learning in a capstone presentation session!

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